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Head of Zeus
16 December 2020
The story of Constantine and Maxentius, two ambitious young men, two brilliant generals, two friends destined to fight to the death as they strive to become Emperor of Rome. The first instalment of the trilogy.

'A page turner from beginning to end ... A damn fine read' Ben Kane.

Four Emperors. Two Friends. One Destiny. As twilight descends on the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire is but a shadow of its former self. Decades of usurping emperors, splinter kingdoms and savage wars have left the people beleaguered, the armies weary and the future uncertain. And into this chaos Emperor Diocletian steps, reforming the succession to allow for not one emperor to rule the world, but four.

Meanwhile, two boys share a chance meeting in the great city of Treverorum as Diocletian's dream is announced to the imperial court. Throughout the years that follow, they share heartbreak and glory as that dream sours and the empire endures an era of tyranny and dread. Their lives are inextricably linked, their destinies ever-converging as they rise through Rome's savage stations, to the zenith of empire. For Constantine and Maxentius, the purple robes beckon...

Praise for Gordon Doherty and Simon Turney:

'A page turner from beginning to end ... A damn fine read' Ben Kane, author of Lionheart 'The Rise of Emperors series is first-rate Roman fiction. Doherty and Turney each breathe life into their respective characters with insight and humanity' Matthew Harffy, author of Wolf of Wessex 'A nuanced portrait of an intriguing emperor' The Times (on Turney's Commodus) 'A meticulously researched and vivid reimagining of an almost forgotten civilisation' Douglas Jackson, author of Hero of Rome (on Doherty's Empires of Bronze) 'Sons of Rome is an intriguing and highly polished piece of historical fiction' James Tivendale from Grimdark Magazine
By:   Simon Turney, Gordon Doherty
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   UK Airports ed
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781800242012
ISBN 10:   1800242018
Series:   Rise of Emperors
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   16 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Turney is the author of the Marius' Mules and Praetorian series, as well as The Damned Emperor series for Orion and Tales of the Empire series for Canelo. He is based in Yorkshire. Gordon Doherty is the author of the Legionary and Strategos series, and wrote the Assassin's Creed tie-in novel Odyssey. He is based in Scotland.

Reviews for Sons of Rome

'A page turner from beginning to end ... A damn fine read' -- Ben Kane 'An intriguing and highly polished piece of Historical Fiction that is well worth the asking price' -- James Tivendale from Grimdark Magazine 'The Rise of Emperors series is first-rate Roman fiction' -- Matthew Harffy 'Riveting ... A superbly crafted and fully engaging story that showcases the cooperative literary talents of its two co-authors, Gordon Doherty and Simon Turney ... Original, entertaining, and leaving the reader looking eagerly toward any further novels set in the antiquity of that ancient empire' * MidWest Book Review *


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